On June 6, 2016, the Christians of Jerusalem gathered to welcome the new Custodian of the Holy Land, Father Francesco Patton.

On Thursday, May 26, 2016, the Feast of Corpus Christi, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal celebrated 50 years of priesthood.

 On Friday, May 20, 2016, it was announced that a new Custos for the Holy Land, Father Francesco Patton, had been elected.

 

On Monday, May 9, 2016, Israeli State President Reuven Rivlin came to the Armenian Patriarchate in the Old City of Jerusalem to greet the heads of the Christian communities on the occasion of Easter.

The Feast of Annunciation on April 4, 2016, was the beginning of the canonical year for the four novices of the Congregation of Notre Dame de Sion in Ein Karem, Jerusalem. Sister Juliana, the novice mistress, reports:

The Palm Sunday procession from Bethphage to Saint Anne’s Church is a joyful manifestation of the Church in the Holy Land. A brief video from the procession on March 20, 2016 tells the story.

Pope Francis’ Special Envoy, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, celebrated Mass on Thursday, February 11, 2016, in the town of Nazareth in Israel to mark the Church’s World Day of the Sick.

Each year, the various Churches pray for Christian Unity. In the Holy Land, this week takes place after Armenian Christmas and this year will be held from Saturday, January 23 until Sunday, January 31, 2016.

The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawadros II, arrived in Jerusalem on Thursday, November 26, 2015 to preside at the funeral of Anba Abraham, Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Jerusalem.

In order to celebrate the 50 years since the promulgation of Nostra aetate, a festival will be held on November 12, 2015, at the Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem.

On the occasion of Rosh HaShana, the Jewish New Year, the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land sent their wishes to the religious and civil authorities in Israel and to Jewish collaborators in the social apostolate of the Church.

Although September 1, 2015, marks the return to school for almost all pupils in Israel, the Christian schools will not open as the schools protest the refusal of the Ministry of Education to provide the necessary financial support for the schools.

On Thursday, August 27, 2015, President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, paid a visit to the Benedictine Monastery of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes at Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee, site of an attempted arson attack by Jewish extremists.

Our brother Tiago, Brother of Our Lady of Sion, has sent us the address of the new website of the Convent of Our Lady of Sion in Ein Kerem.

Father Diya Aziz OFM was liberated, the Custody of the Holy Land announced on Thursday, July 9, 2015.

The sixty-fifth meeting of CELRA, the Conference of Latin Bishops from the Arab Regions, took place at the Franciscan convent of the Holy Cross in Nicosia (Cyprus), from July 6 to 9, 2015.

On Monday, June 29, 2015, our brother Alberto Pari OFM was ordained a priest.

In the early hours of the morning of Thursday, June 18, 2015, a part of the church in Tabgha was burned. Hate graffiti on the walls of the monastery point perhaps to deliberate arson.

On Sunday, May 17, 2015, Pope Francis canonized four women religious and among them the first two Palestinian Arabs in modern times.

In Jerusalem, after Easter, the heads of Churches visit each other to exchange fraternal Easter greetings. This year, on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, President Rivlin joined them.